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How do I overcome my cognitive biases to figure out what I'm good at?

The infrequently mentioned counterpoint to the Dunning-Kruger effect is that people who are better than average at something underestimate their skills. Self-evaluation is hard. I know that I personally have a hefty dose of impostor syndrome and distorted thinking to add to that cognitive bias, but how do I adjust for this? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

How do make peace with my career anxieties so I can update my C.V.?

I am going to defend my Ph.D. in a few months. That means I really need to be applying for jobs. But I haven't touched my C.V. in months--years, probably--because every time I think about it I get overwhelmed by waves of anxiety and despair and impostor syndrome. How do I get past that and update the damn thing so I can start sending it out? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Aiming for confidence in second career, despite Impostor Syndrome

I am a middle-aged person who changed careers about six years ago. I love my second career, data visualization; I have dreamed of doing this as a job for decades. I really want to excel, because I think it's a fascinating and useful field. I love to pore over the amazing, beautiful, limit-expanding work being done by others... who I then always remember are highly trained specialists, way out of my league. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses on Oct 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

I'm self-aware enough to know I am a perfectionist with Impostor Syndrome, but I'm clueless as to how to fix this. I need to kick this before I crash and burn at my new, fabulous job. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Sep 17, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I transition into a full time intense job?

Help me be awesome at my new professional job and not revert into secretary mode. I need help transitioning from freelancer/tele-commuter/former office monkey into a real career woman. Also, some class angst! [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez on Apr 10, 2012 - 3 answers

No, really, you don't want to publish that.

How do I deal with my impending success? Is there any way I can feel like less of a fraud, and can anyone who has been through this before give me tips to move the process along? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 21 answers

What is considered a "good" GPA for grad school?

What is considered a "good" GPA for admission into graduate school? Extended beanplating and academic fretting inside. [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Sep 2, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I overcome my fear of self-promotion?

How can I get better at promoting myself and my work, without dwelling on my failures or fearing I'll be judged? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Apr 2, 2011 - 11 answers

So I'm an impostor.

I've written the standard textbook about a topic. I'm teaching a regular class at a college (in summer) and at a research university (winter term), as well as some summer school courses. Instructor of record, giving exams, all those things. I'm rather good at it, or so I think - at least for being hired as a so-called outside expert. Yet I'm incredibly anxious about this and feeling like an impostor. One of the reasons? Well, nobody knows, but when I'm not a lecturer, I'm still a freaking undergrad who is failing most of her classes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 - 30 answers

I know I can rock this job, now I just have to feel it.

How can I ease the mental/emotional/logistical transition to a new full time job when I've been an underemployed freelancer for the last few years? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

GradSchoolFilter: I know I can... but I can't.

I'm a grad student. I like the subject(s) I'm studying, I like research, and I know I'm capable of doing the work... except when I sit down to actually do it, I choke. I know I'm not the only one suffering from both imposter syndrome and perfectionism - how do you manage to get your brain to stop spinning its wheels and get to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2008 - 33 answers

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